Yeast infection during a period is common and widespread in women. About 75% of women get suffered from this disease at least once in their lifetime. But during the menstrual period, it becomes aggravated because of an imbalanced vaginal pH.
It causes due to the less regulation of good bacteria in the vagina which stops the growth of yeast in comparison to bad ones.
A yeast infection is a fungal infection caused due to a fungus is known as “Candida Albicans.” About 80% of yeast infections occur due to this fungi. Therefore it is also known as candida vaginal infection or candidiasis.
The treatment of yeast infection is not so difficult or expensive. But It becomes difficult to deal with the yeast infection and a menstrual period simultaneously.
Here, in this article, we will know about everything related to the yeast infection during your menstrual period.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Yeast Infection During Your Period
1. A Cold Compress
You experience vigorous burning sensation after urination when you have a yeast infection. A cold compress is best to get relief from this pain.You have to take a sterilized towel damped with chilled water for this process.
Keep the cold towel on the affected area whenever you change your sanitary pad or after urination. This cold compress will give you a definite relief for some time.Apply this process at night for good sleep. But don’t forget to pat dry the area after every compress.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil works as one of the best natural application for the yeast affected areas. During your menstrual period, the use of coconut oil protects the vagina to remain wet or watery.
Take some oil in a little bowl and make it little warm. Apply the warm(not hot)oil on your vagina after every change of sanitary pads and urination as well. It will give you relief from the itching sensations to some extent.Remember, you must take the extra virgin oil for this treatment.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera itself has a cooling effect wherever you may apply it. The extracted gel of Aloe vera is best for any burning sensation in any part of the body. You have to extract the gel and apply it in the affected area.
Remember, don’t add the yellow part of the gel because it contains some unhealthy properties which can give you some adverse effects.
4.Tea Tree Oil
According to the points of some science debates, tea tree oil contains some antifungal properties in it which is a boon to cure the yeast infection.
Due to the increased burning sensation during your period a towel damped with tea tree oil gives great relief.You have to add 4-5 drops of oil in a glass of water. Mix it properly and damp a sterilized towel in it.
Keep the towel over your vagina overnight. It will work as a sanitary pad and give you tremendous relief from all the irritating sensations as well.You can take 2tsp of coconut oil orally to get quick relief from the yeast infection.
Yogurt works to treat the yeast infection both orally and topically. In ancient period, women used to apply yogurt on the affected areas as a local application.
You may also follow this formula if you are comfortable with this application.The chilled yogurt gives comfort to some extent. You have to use it before wearing a pad in your period.Taking yogurt orally helps in the treatment of any yeast infection.
Add some sour fruits in your diet such as Lemon, Grapes, sour tangerines, berries, etc. They work as a barrier to the growth of candida in the yeast infection to some extent.
Treatment Of Yeast Infection During Your Period
- You must continue the treatment for a yeast infection when you are having your period.
- If you are on oral medications, it doesn’t create any difficulties.
- But when you are in topical medication, the treatment creates a messy and uncomfortable situation in the affected areas of the vagina.
- Try to keep dry the vaginal area after every wash. Use a sterilized towel to pat dry.
- After every application of the antifungal ointment, leave the affected area open for some time to get adequate air to dry.
- Apply some ointment on your sanitary pad before use also for more benefits.
- Use warm water instead of cold water to wash the affected area.
- Sometimes only the anus and its surrounding areas are affected by the yeast infection. But during your period, it may spread to the vagina.
- To prevent this spreading, use to sit in a tub of warm water. It will give you relief to some extent and will check the spreading of yeast infection.
When you are going through the painful situation of the yeast infection and your period happens, you have to take some preventions.
These preventions will give you some extent of relaxation from the yeast infection. Let’s know about them.
How To Prevent Yeast Infections During Your Period
1. Keep Away Your Nails From The Affected Area
The using of sanitary pads during your period causes excess itching due to continuous rubbing with the vagina. This sensation insists you itch that area vigorously.
Sometimes you use to itch both inside and outside of the vagina with your nails. Never do that. Usually, the nails are full of bacteria if not washed properly. And itching with nails may make wounds in the affected area.
The best way is, take a cotton ball and just press a little over the affected area to get relaxation from itching. Otherwise burning sensation due to itching may become unbearable
2. A Big No To Scented Usages
Try to avoid any perfumed usage in the affected area such as sanitary pads, any local applications, powders, and scented inner wears. The chemicals present in these scented things will aggravate the sensations of yeast infection.
3. No Synthetic Inner Wears
Cotton underwear is the most breathable and hygienic wear ever. Whether you are suffering from the yeast infection or not. But it becomes essential to wear if you have a yeast infection and also have your period.
In your period some of the affected areas become protected under the sanitary pads. But the lining of your vagina comes in touch with the synthetic panties. The rubbing of the linings aggravates the itching and burning sensations.
You must remember that not to use the synthetic pads also. It is always preferable to use cotton pads when you have a yeast infection.
4. Don’t Neglect The Intimate Care Clean-up
The intimate care clean-up means to wash your vagina and the surrounding area with pH formulated solutions. These solutions are clinically formulated with pH five formula which suits the average pH of your body.
Wash the affected area with any intimate care lotion whenever you change your pad. It will give you a cooling effect to get extra relaxation from the impacts of yeast infection.
It is preferable to use these lotions regularly whether you have a yeast infection or not.
5. No Negligence To Your Sugar Level
It is essential to check your sugar level seriously if you are a diabetic and have a yeast infection also. During your periods an imbalanced hormonal level deposits a form of sugar in the cells of your vagina. These sugars are the favorite food for the candida to grow in multiple.
An increased sugar level increases the infection more. Because due to diabetes you need to urinate several times and each urinal requires an after-wash which irritates the affected skin. The deposit of extra sugar develops the growth of yeast infection.
It is a high warning to all my dear readers, consult your doctor before trying any of the treatments given above. Any of the product may be an allergen to your body if you are unaware of them.
There are some common questions may arise in your mind that whether a yeast infection affects your menstrual period or not. Let’s discuss the doubts about all the arisen questions.
Q1. Can A Yeast Infection Cause A Missed Period?
No, Not at all.
- There is no medicated proof of a delay or trouble in period causes due to this infection.
- There is no case of missed periods yet due to a yeast function.
- Rather, a yeast infection generates during this period. It gets aggravated if you are suffering from the infection before.
Q2. Why Do The Yeast Infection Come Every Month After The Menstrual Period?
Previously, we have discussed that candida grows due to the hormonal imbalance.
It is common that before and during the menstrual cycle, your body goes through this imbalance.
But the yeast infection continues after your period every month due to some unavoidable causes. Let’s have a look at these causes.
- The taking of any contraceptive pills.
- The using of tampons instead of cotton pads during the period.
- Due to unhygienic wearables such as wet, and dirty clothes.
- You have a poor immune system due to the taking of higher antibiotics for some other infections.
- When you do sexual intercourse during the period.
- You have no control over your diabetes.
- If you are nearer to your menopause.
- Due to any underlying medical treatment, you are going on.
Before ending the discussion, I will recommend you that don’t be panic in any situations you are facing during a yeast infection.
It is harrowing to tolerate the sensations of itching all time. It becomes more difficult when you have the yeast infection and your period happens.
A normal yeast infection is curable. But it becomes chronic when it happens four times in a year. In this condition, you are strongly advised to call the doctor.
You must follow the proper medications prescribed by the concerned doctor. Keep hygiene, follow a proper diet. You will be cured.